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[hoh-gee] /ˈhoʊ gi/
noun, plural hoagies. New Jersey and Pennsylvania (chiefly Philadelphia) .
a hero sandwich.
Also, hoagie.
Origin of hoagy
1965-70, Americanism; a number of anecdotal hypotheses have been advanced as to the orig. of the word, most claiming it to be derivative of hog, either in reference to pork as an ingredient, or as an epithet for a person capable of eating such a sandwich, or alluding to Hog Island, an industrial and shipping area of South Philadelphia; but corroborating evidence is lacking; see -ie
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Examples from the web for hoagie
  • And their grilled cheese consists of squeaky cheese and spices melted in a hoagie-roll panini, with gravy on the side.
  • The white-jacketed doctors order breakfasts of scrapple and egg on hoagie rolls.
  • The restaurant makes its own dough and sauce, and in addition to pizza it specializes in hoagie sandwiches.
  • Using slotted spoon, spoon meat evenly into hoagie buns.
British Dictionary definitions for hoagie


(US) a sandwich made with a long, narrow bread roll
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hoagie

American English (originally Philadelphia) word for "hero, large sandwich made from a long, split roll;" originally hoggie (c.1936), traditionally said to be named for Big Band songwriter Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981), but the use of the word pre-dates his celebrity and the original spelling seems to suggest another source (perhaps hog). Modern spelling is c.1945, and may have been altered by influence of Carmichael's nickname.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hoagie



HERO SANDWICH (1967+)Drunk: He would be orry-eyed before nightfall

[1940s+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr hoary, ''frosty, hence icy, glazed,'' with later dropping of the h to avoid whore]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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